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WORLD MANGROVE DAY
PHOTOGRAPHY
AWARDS 2020

Welcome to our 6th World Mangrove Day Photography Awards! Once again as a celebration of International Mangrove Day, we are raising awareness of the importance of mangrove forests with our global photography contest. We have been inspired this year by the bold commitments being made across the world for a sustainable future, and we are looking to harness the power of your photos to inspire action #ForNature.

We invite you to send us your best photos for a chance to be part of a special exhibition that will not only help highlight the beauty of these undervalued coastal ecosystems, but will help identify important projects, areas and pressures that are threatening our mangroves. We have exciting new entry categories this year and your photos will be judged by an expert panel with special prizes for our chosen winners. Wherever you live in the world and whether you are an amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, this contest is for you! Your images have the power to raise the profile of mangroves and to inspire change.

The deadline for entries is Friday, 24th July! Don’t miss this opportunity to share your photos with the world and participate in our mission to protect these incredible ecosystems! Scroll down to read more about the categories and find out other ways in which you can get involved with the Mangrove Action Project!

WAYS YOU CAN ACT

CLICK TO MEET OUR JUDGES

Cristina Mittermeier
Cristina Mittermeier
Conservation Photographer
Steve Winter
Steve Winter
Photographer / Videographer
Jennifer Hayes
Jennifer Hayes
Aquatic Biologist / Photojournalist
Octavio Aburto
Octavio Aburto
Conservation Photographer

AND SHARE TO MAKE SOME NOISE!

SEE ENTRY CATEGORIES BELOW

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WILDLIFE

MANGROVES & WILDLIFE

Mangroves support rich biodiversity and are home to an incredible array of marine and terrestrial species. Numerous marine species, including fish and shrimp, use mangroves as nurseries during early life stages. These coastal ecosystems are prime nesting and resting sites for hundreds of bird species, including herons, kingfishers and hummingbirds. They also support iconic and endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, Manatees, the Proboscis Monkey and Fishing cats. We want to highlight important mangrove regions with their fabulous and even unexpected wildlife that are found within the forest.

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COMMUNITIES

MANGROVES & COMMUNITIES

We want to celebrate the intimate relationships between coastal communities and their mangrove forests; providing food, medicines, tannins, fuel wood, charcoal and construction materials. Coastal communities rely on their mangroves for yielding vast numbers of fish, crabs, shrimps and molluscs. Nearly half the global population lives within 100 km of the sea, and an estimated 210 million people live near mangroves in tropical regions and depend on them for food. For visitors, mangroves offer great opportunities for wildlife viewing, bird watching and other recreational activities such as boat tours, fishing and kayaking.

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THREATS

MANGROVES & THREATS

These biologically diverse ecosystems are critical habitats linking land and sea and are essential for the health of our planet. While they cover only 0.1% of the earth’s land surface, mangroves are one of our planet’s most powerful tools to help solve environmental emergencies. These unique forests help to mitigate climate breakdown by keeping our oceans clean and storing huge amounts of carbon in their rich soils, purifying the air we breathe, and protecting coastal communities from storms and tsunamis. But they are still disappearing at an alarming rate. We want your help to expose areas of mangrove destruction and threats, so that action can be taken.

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CONSERVATION

MANGROVES & CONSERVATION

While mangrove forests continue to decline across the globe, there are many dedicated people working to reverse the loss of these critically important ecosystems. There are many inspiring stories of mangrove conservation and restoration happening on coastlines around the world. We want to celebrate those nurturing nature and shine a light on these positive communities and their projects. We invite you to choose three photos showing one conservation project in this portfolio category.